Nexstar-owned NBC affiliate KXAN Austin, Texas (DMA 39), today named Sydney Benter anchor of the station’s weeknight newscasts. Starting mid-December, Benter will anchor KXAN News at 5, 6 and 10 p.m., and KXAN News at 9 p.m. on The CW Austin. In her new role, Benter will join news anchor Robert Hadlock, chief weathercaster Jim Spencer and sports director Roger Wallace. […]
The station groups were cited for their “strong, clear, vocal leadership.” Other winners of the political journalism award, which is bestowed by the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism,include include KUSA Denver (two awards); KXAN Austin, Texas; WXIA Atlanta; WOI Des Moines, Iowa; KMGH Denver; and KCET Los Angeles.
Four 2017 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards go to local television news investigations: KXAN in Austin, Texas, for documenting racial profiling, WVIT in West Hartford, Conn., for uncovering widespread faulty home construction, Indianapolis’ WTHRfor exposing a corrupt charity, and Atlanta’s WXIA for spotlighting problems with the 911 emergency system.